Symposia and Lectures
Saturday, March 22, 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Join us as we explore and imagine new possibilities and groundbreaking ideas about the future of gardens and gardening with four top-notch speakers and award-winning authors, and a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan.
VIP Symposium Package
Get the most out of your Symposium experience with this exclusive offer: includes reserved, front-row seating, a special private lunch with all four Symposium speakers, and if you wish, reserved copies for later purchase of each author’s book(s).
$125 per ticket (Members $100)
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Regular Symposium Package
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Register on or before March 16 $80 (Members $64)
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Register between March 16–21 $90 (Members $72)
Lawns: Past, Present and Future
Amanda Thomsen is an eccentric gardener from Chicagoland. Her blog, Kiss My Aster (and book of the same name), is a weird and warped look at gardening and landscaping with an educational twist.
HortiCULTURE: The Gardening Revolution
Kelly Norris is a 20-something, award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Kelly will offer his perspective on how to engage with new and exciting plants and passionate horticulture experiences.
New York City’s Park in the Sky: The High Line
Thomas Smarr is the Director of Horticulture with the Friends of the High Line in New York City. One of the first of its kind, the High Line is an innovative public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Thomas will present a brief history of the High Line, including the contributions of noted plantsman Piet Oudolf, followed by a discussion of how the High Line can inform the gardens of our future.
Natural Companions: Inspiring Combinations of Plants that Grow Together
Ken Druse is an award-winning garden writer and photographer. Ken was called “the guru of natural gardening” in The New York Times, and is best known for his 18 books, which Anne Raver called “bibles for serious gardeners.” Ken also can be found on his podcast and public radio show, Ken Druse Real Dirt. Ken will present recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that will thrive in our part of the world.
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